Weather Service probes tornado warning alerts

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — The National Weather Service is investigating why some northwestern Indiana residents received alerts Tuesday about a tornado warning even though the day was sunny and cold.

Tippecanoe County Sheriff Tracy Brown tells the Journal & Courier he received two alerts on his cellphone, one saying that a tornado warning had been issued and the second warning residents to take shelter immediately.

But on closer inspection he says his alerts were from 107 days ago, or about the time of the Nov. 17 tornado outbreak across Indiana.

National Weather Service meteorologist Gino Izzi says a tornado warning test was issued Tuesday for Illinois, but that alert clearly stated that it was a test and did not affect Indiana.

He says the weather service is investigating Tuesday’s tornado warning incident. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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